Excitement About Jeff Bezos’ Superyacht: Rotterdam’s Mayor First Gives the All-Clear
A length of 127m, three masts with a height of 70m and a price of 500 million euros: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' yacht, codenamed Y721, will be the largest and most expensive luxury vessel ever to leave a Dutch shipyard. If that is possible, there is still a historic railway bridge between the yacht and the North Sea. And this bridge is very close to the hearts of the people in Rotterdam.
Historical bridge with a historical background
The yacht will be towed onto the North Sea in the summer of this year. Before that, the Y721 has to cross the historic Koningshaven Bridge, which is too low for Bezos' superyacht. According to media reports, the bridge should therefore be dismantled for the passage and then rebuilt. The billionaire wants to cover the costs.
This news hit the people's hearts in Rotterdam because the bridge has great emotional value for them. After the city was bombed in World War II, the Koningshaven Bridge was one of the first monuments to be rebuilt. In addition, as reported by "Manager Magazin", the city administration promised that the bridge would never be dismantled again.
"Throwing eggs at superyacht Jeff Bezos"
The outrage is great, especially on social networks. Dutchman Pablo Störmann even went so far as to call for a protest against Jeff Bezos and his yacht on Facebook. Under the title "Eieren gooien naar superjacht Jeff Bezos" everyone interested should meet on June 1st on the bank of the bridge and throw rotten eggs at the boat. "Rotterdam was rebuilt from the rubble by the people of Rotterdam, and we don't just take that apart for the phallic symbol of a megalomaniac billionaire," says Störmann. More than 15,000 people are interested.
Mayor tries to calm things down
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, however, gives the all-clear. Jeff Bezos has not yet applied for the bridge to be dismantled and rebuilt. Only then would interests be weighed and a decision made. In addition, Bezos must guarantee that the bridge will not be damaged. Supporters of the project say dismantling and rebuilding would be equivalent to a renovation. This opportunity has to be used. At the same time, the ship's building created many jobs in the city.